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Job Chapter 29 (Index)

001  Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

002  Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

003  When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

004  As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

005  When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;

006  When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

007  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

008  The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

009  The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

010  The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

011  When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

012  Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

013  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

014  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

015  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

016  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

017  And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

018  Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

019  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

020  My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

021  Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

022  After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

023  And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

024  If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

025  I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.